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Euan McTear

Senior Writer

FC Fidel: when Cuba joined the German fourth tier

Cuban football is a minor mystery to the outside world. The league is amateur, in the literal sense, and the national team only contests one or two competitive ties each World Cup…

The eternal back and forth of Xavi and Andrés Iniesta

This feature is part of Duology Sometimes we aren’t gifted a logical ending to a story. Sometimes a tale is wrapped up in the most head-scratching of manners. Sometimes the final act…

Emilio Butragueño: the vulture

EMILIO BUTRAGUEÑO ALWAYS LOOKED LIKE HE SMELLED NICE. Although nicknamed the ‘Vulture’, he was the pretty footballer who played pretty football back in the hearty days of muddy pitches and agricultural tackles.…

Ahmed Radhi: Iraq’s World Cup hero and shining leader

Illustration by Federico Manasse Iraq’s national football team, the Lions of Mesopotamia, have scored just one World Cup goal in their entire history. It was at Mexico 86, the only time they’ve…

Maxwell: the most decorated club footballer in history

“HE’S THE BEST GUY IN THE WORLD,” claims Zlatan Ibrahimović. “He’s a great person, with a big heart,” Unai Emery says. “He’s just a classy man,” Zoumana Camara puts it. Ask anyone in…